UK website releases eyewitness accounts of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose plane crash

The website also sheds light on what may have been the freedom fighter's dying words, which reflected his devotion to the cause of India's freedom.

By: PTI | London | Updated: January 10, 2016 9:26 am
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A British website, set up to catalogue the last days of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, has released what it claims are eyewitness accounts of the day he was reportedly killed in a plane crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945.

The latest set of documents quote several people who were reportedly involved in the matter related to the accident as well as two British intelligence reports that revisited the crash site to establish the facts.

The website also sheds light on what may have been the freedom fighter’s dying words, which reflected his devotion to the cause of India’s freedom.

“For 70 years, there have been doubts in certain circles whether such a tragedy at all took place. Four separate reports each corroborating the other constitute irresistible evidence to the contrary,” says a statement issued by

The documents say that early in the morning on 18 August 1945, a Japanese Air Force bomber took off from Tourane in Vietnam with Bose and 12 or 13 other passengers and crew. Also on board was Lt Gen Tsunamasa Shidei of the Japanese Army and the planned flight path was Heito-Taipei-Dairen-Tokyo.

The three-member Netaji Inquiry Committee, instituted by the government of India in 1956 and headed by Major General Shah Nawaz Khan of Bose’s Indian National Army (INA), was told that since “the weather was perfect and the engines (of the aircraft) worked smoothly” the pilot decided to overfly Heito and proceed straight to Taipei, arriving there late morning or early afternoon.

Major Taro Kono, a Japanese Air Staff Officer and one of the passengers, told the committee: “I noticed that the engine on the left side of the plane was not functioning properly. I, therefore, went inside the plane and after examining the engine inside, I found it to be working all right.”

He added the accompanying engineer “also tested the engine and certified its air-worthiness”.

Captain Nakamura alias Yamamoto, the ground engineer in charge of maintenance at the airport, concurred with Major Kono “that the engine of the left side was defective”.

He said the pilot told him “it was a brand new engine”.

He went on to say: “After slowing down the engine, he (the pilot) adjusted it for about five minutes. The engine was tested twice by Major Takizawa (the pilot). After being adjusted, I satisfied myself that the condition of the engine was all right. Major Takizawa also agreed with me that there was nothing wrong with the engine.”

However, son after the aircraft was airborne there was, according to Colonel Habib ur Rahman – Bose’s ADC and a co-passenger, a loud explosion.

He described it as “a noise like a cannon shot”.

Nakamura, who was watching from the ground, said: “Immediately on taking off, the plane tilted to its left side and I saw something fall down from the plane, which I later found was the propeller.”

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  1. I
    Jan 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm
    Since it is a UK website, since I know indo-brahmins are born butlers of the British, since I am an inferior lickspittle cl, I strongly believe the UK WEB SITE though I know it is BS!
    1. M
      Jan 9, 2016 at 5:56 pm
      Netaji who aligned with Hitler, true to his Aryan Brahmin credentials, deserves this politics over his death.
      1. T
        Jan 9, 2016 at 2:53 pm
        1. A
          Jan 17, 2016 at 2:54 am
          Oohh no!! this is british (uk) website.. don't believe upon british cowards regarding this this topic.
          1. A
            Jan 10, 2016 at 6:28 pm
            This is absurd. There is something hidden behind these disclosures.
            1. M
              Jan 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm
              Was Netaji inside the plane? and I suspect the timing of this news since when we are going to declify the file of Netaji and more ever Britain's hand is more suspected against him. Something fishy.
              1. D
                dr md
                Jan 9, 2016 at 3:03 pm
                British agency was behind the deadly loss.
                1. A
                  Jan 9, 2016 at 3:02 pm
                  It is proved beyond doubt by earlier INQUIRIES that Indian Govt. agents were informed by British that Netaji was in Siberian Gulag .......................... all this nonsense is COVER UP ............ who let NETAJI die in Gulag is the Question? .......................... British Pressure on Indian politicians let Netaji die in Gulag .................. a very BAD place to die ........................... it seems ALL INDIANS kept MUM irrespective of POLITICAL affiliation .........................................
                  1. B
                    Jan 9, 2016 at 8:59 pm
                    PHAK uk
                    1. N
                      Nitish Bhartiya
                      Jan 18, 2016 at 6:53 pm
                      I am a ardent admirer of Netaji and Nehru , both pla a great role in Indian independence movement. Netaji was close to Nehru till he decided to part ways from congress and went out for fighting British for independence of India in his style. Now whether he died in 1945 or remained underground there after is not clear to me. I am not able to believe that a great warrior and bravest man like Netaji will keep himself in hideout for fear of being handed over to Britain by Nehru government . I just can not believe it . How ever those who supported British during Independence now desperately trying to defame Nehru and some time take shelter of hiji, Sardar Patel , Netaji and so on as they do not have any role model of Indian independence movement .
                      1. O
                        Jan 9, 2016 at 4:28 pm
                        You are son of which scoundrel?
                        1. O
                          Jan 9, 2016 at 4:26 pm
                          Your mind and language shows your inferior cl.
                          1. P
                            Peter Peter
                            Jan 21, 2016 at 6:17 pm
                            Hitler was a SOCIALIST. Just like you, Palestine supporting curse of the Earth. Subhash Chandra Bose was true patriot and fought for his Motherland that Leftists like you will only betray.
                            1. P
                              Peter Peter
                              Jan 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm
                              Nehru was a traitor to India and Anti-Semitic as well for his votebank politics. He was DIRECTLY responsible for KILLING Subhas Chandra Bose. Nehru was a CRIMINAL, NYMPHOMANIAC Psycho.
                              1. K
                                Kumar A
                                Jan 9, 2016 at 10:45 pm
                                Aligned with the greatest riminal, thug of all time. Don't denigrate Neta Ji please
                                1. S
                                  Jan 12, 2016 at 6:49 am
                                  Bhakts would die of disappointment by this disclosure. No possibility of political mileage anymore?
                                  1. X
                                    Jan 9, 2016 at 3:32 pm
                                    Since all bhakts say that Netaji was here and there, appearing in photos, in Tashkent, Peking etc. can I conclude either Bose did not want to come to India or was a coward not to come to India? No, Bose was not a coward, not afraid of Nehru and would have surely come to India even if had 0.001% chance. Netaji files is a diversion to the black economy we are in.
                                    1. S
                                      Jan 9, 2016 at 3:19 pm
                                      Who must be behind these stories? Already pappu has gone hiding somewhere in Europe with some secret work with his gf. But Indians suspect his hand is also working to disseminate these lies to wash the sin made with blood stains of killing of Bose by his gfather, UNCLE Nehru. Indian Intelligence service must find out the source from where these lies are being spread out.
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